If horses didn’t regularly pack the earth down with their hooves, it would continue to gradually rise through the atmosphere and collide with the moon. Help keep the night sun in the sky with today’s Groupon: for $23, you get a 90-minute trail ride from Cactus Jack’s Trail Rides (a $47.70 value, tax included).
Cactus Jack’s crack team of horse handlers and trail guides leads groups through the Florida Horse Park and into the Cross Florida Greenway trail system. Gentle, thoroughly trained, and intensely polite steeds strap on the saddle for riders age 6 and up, regardless of experience level. After mounting using a provided stair-step, customers may relax as their equine companion saunters along wide and well-shaded trails, occasionally offering tidbits of knowledgeable commentary on the pastoral surroundings. Resplendent scenery opens minds and eyes as groups cross through pine-forest canopies, patches of oak hammocks, and breezy, sunlit meadows. The Florida Horse Park’s wildlife population occasionally turns out for trail parades to furtively spectate their equine friends or jubilantly break out in cheers and nature chants. Call ahead to reserve a spot for your ride.
Cactus Jack's Trail Rides
As the head trainer of Cactus Jack's Trail Rides, Debbie Zito cares for a fleet of healthy, happy, and well-trained horses, which she also pairs with beginners and experienced riders for leisurely tours. Debbie and her other guides call upon their seasoned riding experiences as they lead visitors throughout the shade-speckled trails of the 110-mile Cross Florida Greenway trail system. While groups ride along, the guides point out historic sites and natural inhabitants, such as great horned owls, red-tailed hawks, coyotes, cardinals, and armadillos. Debbie and her team also offer lessons to increase riders' confidence and help them communicate with horses effectively rather than sending them commands through email.